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In the early 17th century, many Dutch families immigrated to the New Netherland area of the United States. One of miller3_400these families was from the village De Bilt, in the Netherlands. The family was then known as Van der Bilt, which, in Dutch, means "from the Bilt". Cornelius Vanderbilt, a descendant of the Vanderbilt family, became a philanthropic entrepreneur, owning much land in Staten Island. In 1836, he bought farmland in the New Dorp area, which was, at the time, the club ground for the Richmond County Agricultural Society.

In 1919, the land was sold to the federal government by descendants of Cornelius Vanderbilt. By 1921, an airfield was completed on the property. It was named Miller Field, for the first American aviator Killed-In-Action serving in…

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